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2:50 AM ET, January 28, 2011


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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Jay Carney named White House press secretary  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's communications director, Jay Carney, was named the new White House press secretary Thursday as part of a series of other big staff moves announced by new Chief of Staff Bill Daley.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Bill Daley's email to staff  —  White House staff received the following email from Chief of Staff Bill Daley today.  —  Today, I am pleased to announce a number of important White House personnel decisions.  I believe these decisions will bring greater clarity to our structure and roles …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Jay Carney to Be Named White House Press Secretary
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Jay Carney picked as Obama press secretary
Discussion: AOL News and Ben Smith's Blog
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Jay Carney to Become White House Press Secretary
Clout St:
Supreme Court: Emanuel on Chicago mayor ballot  —  UPDATED at 7:15 p.m. by Liam Ford, Jeff Coen and David Heinzmann with more detail from Supreme Court opinion; election authority comment; ruling a topic in tonight's mayoral debate.  —  The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that Rahm Emanuel …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Court Allows Emanuel on Ballot for Chicago Mayor  —  CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel's bid to become mayor of this city may proceed, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.  —  The decision appeared to bring an end to weeks of legal debate over whether Mr. Emanuel qualified for the ballot …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rahm Emanuel ruled eligible for Chicago mayoral race
Discussion: PostPartisan and Fausta's Blog
Ezra Klein:
Reid and McConnell agree: There will be no reform of the filibuster  —  A few moments ago, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the Senate to announce a five-point agreement on rules reform.  But the five-points weren't, well, the point.  The real agreement was on the process by which rules can be reformed.
The Huffington Post:
Reid, McConnell Reach Rules Reform Agreement … WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have reached agreement on a set of relatively small changes to the upper chamber's rules, including an informal pact to reduce the number …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid, McConnell swear off changes to filibuster
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Egypt Leaves the Internet  —  Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet.  Critical European-Asian fiber-optic …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Internet Access & SMS Blocked in Egypt as Protests Escalate
Discussion: Instapundit and The Gateway Pundit
Billy House /
Mike Pence's Mom Says He'll Announce Tomorrow  —  Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., is trying to decide whether to run for president or governor of his home state.  —  Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., is set to announce a decision on his political future on Friday, according to his mother …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Republican governors urged Pence to pass on presidential bid  —  Washington (CNN) - Indiana Rep. Mike Pence's decision not to run for president came after a serious lobbying effort by the Republican Governors Association, a GOP source close to the party organization told CNN Thursday.
Discussion: National Review
Aharding / CNN:
Pence rules out bid for president
Publius / Big Government:
Exclusive: Sarah Palin to Headline Reagan 100 Celebration at Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara  —  Governor Palin Chooses Young America's Foundation's Reagan Ranch Center as the Backdrop for her Speech to Honor the 100th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan's Birth
Discussion: Cubachi,, sisu and
Aleister / American Glob:
PROPAGANDA: Reagan And Obama On The Cover Of TIME
Discussion: Reuters, PR Newswire and Fox Nation
Mark Finkelstein / blogs:
Obama's Time Cover Transition: From FDR To Reagan
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin to keynote Reagan celebration
Discussion: The Note, The Gateway Pundit and TPMDC
Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Joe Biden says Egypt's Mubarak no dictator, he shouldn't step down...  ... and wonders what the Egyptian protesters want.  —  Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the PBS NewsHour tonight with the most direct US governent comments yet about the gathering Egypt protests against President Hosni Mubarak's 29-year reign.
New York Times:   Cables Show Delicate U.S. Dealings With Egypt's Leaders
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
How The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce's Egyptian Affiliate Went To Bat …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rand Paul: End foreign aid, including Israel  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to end all foreign assistance, including aid to Israel.  —  Paul, a Republican newly elected in Kentucky, was on CNN Wednesday outlining where he would cut the $500 billion in government spending …
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Palin completely misunderstands what “Sputnik Moment” means  —  So Sarah Palin went on Greta Van Susteren's show last night and one of the “questions” was about what she thought of President Obama's reference to America's “Sputnik moment” during his State of the Union address.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Pharyngula
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
‘WTF?’  Sarah Palin Thinks The USSR Won The Space Race?  (VIDEO)  —  Sarah Palin thinks President Barack Obama needs a history lesson on the space race between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.  —  “He needs to remember that, uh, what happened back then with the communist U.S.S.R …
Ian Black / Guardian:
Egypt protest leaflets distributed in Cairo give blueprint for mass action  —  Anonymous flyers provide practical and tactical advice for confronting riot police, and besieging government offices  —  Egyptians have been urged to come out after Friday prayers tomorrow and demand the overthrow …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Egyptian Activists' Action Plan: Translated
Himalayan glaciers not melting because of climate change, report finds  —  Himalayan glaciers are actually advancing rather than retreating, claims the first major study since a controversial UN report said they would be melted within quarter of a century.  —  The key factor affecting …
Associated Press:
Hawaii: Bill Would Open Obama Birth Record  —  The state would charge $100 for a copy of President Obama's birth records under a bill introduced in the Legislature by five Democrats.  It would change a privacy law barring the release of birth records unless the person seeking them has a tangible interest.
Discussion: FrumForum and Sense of Events
Josh White / Washington Post:
Snow gridlock traps commuters for up to 13 hours  —  Stuck.  —  On the George Washington Parkway.  On 16th Street NW.  Interstate 66, too.  —  Buses, cars, people - just plain stuck as snow, sleet and ice covered roadways and knocked down trees across the region, turning the evening commute into a seemingly endless nightmare.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer steps up Social Security assault on House Republicans  —  Senate Democrats led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are gearing up for a battle with House Republicans over Medicare and Social Security benefits.  —  Schumer and other Democratic strategists …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
4th senator joins Tea Party Caucus  —  The three founding members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus told a crowd of 120 activists at their first meeting Thursday that their efforts will outsize their short roster.  —  In all, four Republican senators have joined the caucus, including one freshman …
Discussion: Parker Spitzer, CNN, Hot Air and The Note
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Daniel J. Mitchell / Cato @ Liberty:
New CBO Numbers Re-Confirm that Balancing the Budget Is Simple …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Brooksley Born of the FCIC: “We May Well Still Be in a Financial Crisis”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Tim Gaynor / Reuters:
Proposed Arizona law targets “birthright” citizenship
Bill Lambrecht / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Talent says no to Missouri Senate bid
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Quentin Sommerville / BBC:
Afghan police pledge justice for Taliban stoning
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate ends practice of secret holds
Discussion: TPMDC and The Political Carnival
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Initial jobless claims jump 51,000
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Jim Moran: Racism fueled Democrats' midterm losses
Discussion: Right Turn and Outside the Beltway
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP contenders weak even in West Virginia
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Political Carnival
CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape
Discussion: Raw Story, Shakesville and TalkLeft
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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